We have a team in office to conduct all social activities like birthday celebrations, team outings, office decorations and such. They also organise entertaining events every month, like games and competitions to bring in some informal fun to our office. The team was called FunMocha and was funded by monthly contributions from the whole team.
Things were going good until many started shying away from contributing to the team fund. Suddenly it became unviable to organise and carry out the activities. After much consideration, it was decided to ‘close’ the FunMocha team. It was also ‘decided’ to conduct a mock funeral for this team and I was ‘requested’ to write an eulogy for the same. As a dedicated team member, how can I refuse?? 🙂
If there is no one beside you when your soul embarks, Then I will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
I am sure many of you have heard that we lost a popular colleague from amongst us. Yesterday afternoon, FunMocha passed away after a prolonged battle with Financial Insufficiency. It is a hard time for all of us but in this hour of sadness, I would request all of you to take a moment to join me in an attempt to commemorate the life of this immensely popular character.
Those of you who had the privilege to be touched by the grace & presence of this individual will carry fond and fun memories that will last a life time. His gregarious personality endeared him to all of us as he went out of his way to celebrate each and every joyous occasion of his friends. Birthdays, engagements, weddings, (breakups?), promotions were all celebrated without fail. But he was at his absolute best when it came to festivals. A truly secular citizen, he never missed anything and sent out greetings unfailingly. It didn’t matter if it was mainstream or obscure, Indian or American, RH or CH, South Indian or North Indian, all were acknowledged and he also sent out interesting tid-bits about each of them. For example, did you know that the grand festival of Onam is actually TEN whole days of celebrations? (It is an entirely different matter that our company offers us a single measly day of RH for the same)
Unfortunately like all great men in history, FunMocha was also not without his share of enemies. The scepticism that greeted his arrival in the team was widely replaced by camaraderie that most of us currently share. However, there were a few idle minds that gave way for an anarchist attitude to poison the great man from the inside. Slowly, day by day, he was getting increasingly plagued by that deadly disease of Economic Instability. Greater men have fallen to this cancerous infection. The best doctors were consulted but the prognosis was bleak. To say that his days were numbered would be such a cliché but that was the hard truth.
However, even in the certain death, the courageous FunMocha clung to the hope that he would be able to rise out of the fire that was consuming him from all around, that he would be able to rise like a phoenix. But sometimes it is better to walk away than stay on to fight a losing battle. And walk away he did, into the sunset, with his head held high. That will be the image we will have of our dear friend, Confident and Fun.
And now, I will conclude this eulogy in the immortal words of Harvey Dent, “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” And FunMocha certainly died a hero’s death. Amen!